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Tito Ortiz already has ‘fun’ opponent booked for October return to MMA

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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion, Tito Ortiz, is coming out of retirement for the 732nd time — “just for fun” — because his body feels good and his training has been going great.

But will Ortiz, 44, compete for Bellator MMA or Golden Boy MMA? “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” didn’t say one way or the other, but one thing we can say with absolute certainty, is that his days inside the Octagon are gone for good.

“I’ll probably be fighting in October,” Ortiz TMZ Sports. “After I fought Chuck last year I thought it would be my last one, but my body’s on [track], everything’s fast, everything’s great. Sparring’s been good. Training’s been great. Let’s do one more for fun, just for fun. I have an opponent so it’s gonna be fun when we announce it.”

Ortiz (20-12-1) helped Oscar de la Hoya start Golden Boy MMA by headlining the promotion's augural mixed martial arts (MMA) event last November, stopping a brittle Liddell in the first round (watch it) and scoring his long-desired revenge.

Despite the corresponding punchlines, Ortiz has won four of five since departing UFC in summer 2012. I’m sure it helps that his competition has consisted mostly of Octagon exports; but hey, winning ugly is still winning.

See you this fall!

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